RE: Selecting First Letter
This suggestion of Mike's is the one I like best so far: At 06:06 PM 9/30/2003, he wrote:
(a) in the above template, do something to test whether it's one of the text nodes you want to treat this way, e.g. by testing whether <xsl:number level="any" from="p"> is 1
If you did <xsl:number level="any" from="content" count="text()[normalize-space()]"/> and only handled number 1, you'd work around the whitespace problem Dimitre cited without having to strip whitespace-only nodes (always a dangerous thing in running prose). (Note I've tweaked the from attribute to be "content" since that seems to be the scope you are interested in.)
Of course, you'll do this in a choose/when/otherwise test, not in the template match as I had it.
or (b) in the template rule for the <p> element, process the descendants with a parameter set to the generate-id() of the first descendant text node, and test this parameter in the text template.
That works too.
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